LOCAL bank CBZ Holdings has extended its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to Tariro Trust, where it handed over $6 776 to cater for school fees for 12 disadvantaged students.
By Vanessa Gonye
CBZ Holdings has a long-standing relationship with Tariro Trust and this is the second time they have donated money for school fees. Last year they donated $11 263 towards fees and after appreciating the vision of Tariro Trust, the bank made a decision to donate again.
The money will go towards payment of fees for three university students, one child living with a disability who is at Danhiko Project, two students at Harare Polytechnic, two A’ Level students, one O’ Level student and three form ones, one of whom is living with HIV and Aids.
This gesture is important for Tariro Trust as they continue to support girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in the hope that they minimise child marriages and cases of HIV and Aids.
CBZ representatives Mrs Laura Gwatiringa and Mrs Hazel Musemburi graced the occasion on behalf of the financial institution and handed over the donation to a Tariro Trust representative, Simbarashe Kanyimo.
Teachers from Chembira Primary school in Glen Norah as well as some parents and guardians also attended the event. One beneficiary of Tariro Trust gave a touching testimony expressing gratitude for the support she is getting from Tariro Trust.
Mrs Gwatiringa from CBZ praised the vision of Tariro Trust in helping girls from poor backgrounds while Tariro Trust executive co-ordinator Mr Simbarashe Kanyimo expressed his gratitude for the gesture by CBZ towards educating and empowering young girls and children.
Tariro Trust is a grassroots non-profit organisation founded in 2003 that works in Zimbabwe to educate and empower young women and girls.
Tariro Trust’s work with Zimbabwean girls emphasises the importance of women’s education as an effective response to the Aids epidemic and other socio-economic challenges.
It is the organisation’s hope that education can reverse the negative cycles affecting unlearned women by educating them. Tariro Trust empowers them to build a future free from poverty and disease.
CBZ was established in 1980 and to date it is involved in quite a number of CSR ventures, where it focuses on giving back to the community.